A promising beginning for Steph, as ‘Chasing Butterflies’ gathers online interest!

Chasing Butterflies

A hot new addition to RouteNote.com this month has been the “eagerly awaited” release of Steph’s ‘Chasing Butterflies’. The catchy, up-beat (strangely familiar) track is mainly recognised from its  radio and TV time for a CSL commercial, which aired in 2008. A release of the song had been insisted on by adoring fans. 

“At last! This song has been stuck in so many people’s heads since it appeared on a certain TV advertisement last summer, and its kind of strange to finally hear the whole song. But worth waiting for. I really hope her other song ‘Beautiful’ appears on iTunes soon.”

“This artist is going to be another huge product of lancashire. I can’t wait for her second song to be released.”

If you like well produced, melodic, modern pop ‘Chasing Butterflies’ comes with high recommendations. 

Check it out on Steph - Chasing Buterflies - Single

Top 5 Twitter Applications for Bands and Musicians

Many musicians, both small and big, are tweeting away as we speak (i.e. ?uestlove of The Roots, Imogen Heap, Sonic Youth, etc.). The following is a list of five Twitter applications for musicians and bands aimed towards building a community around their music. For a link to the original source at IndieMusicTech.com, please click here.

1) twitpic: send photos from your mobile phone which will post links to them on twitter; a quick way to give your fans a visual look at what your band is currently doing (for example: recording, rehearsal, sound check, etc.)

2) twiddeo: similar to twitpic, but for video, allowing you to provide short video clips of your shows, interviews, touring adventures, etc.

3) twtpoll: ask your fans a question and get a response via twitter (e.g. what cities should we play next?)

4) twitzu: create an event (e.g. meet and greet) with description and location info and send it to your twitter followers and receive RSVPs from them

5) tweetchat – create rooms in Twitter to post tweets about a particular topic (e.g. your latest release)

The Tony Maserati Collection – Waves Audio Signature Series Software plug-ins

Waves continue their domination of digital music production releasing the first product for their ‘Signature Series’, The Tony Maserati Collection.  

For the amateur producers / engineers that haven’t heard the name, Maserati is the ‘genius’ behind hundreds of hip/hop, RnB, pop chart toppers that include Britney Spears, Beyonce, MJB, David Bowie and Jay-Z. Crap tracks? Maybe. But even the most of ‘anti commerce in music’ must appreaciate the level of quality in mix and production of modern pop music. Maserati is hailed as being the principal archetect of the modern New York pop sound and widely respected as one of the worlds most clinical mixing engineers.

Maserati has worked closely with the guys at Waves Audio to front this collection of plug-ins in an attempt replicate his personal engineering, mixing and production styles.

Maserati says “I’ve been using Waves from the beginning. From dynamics and EQs to special effects, most of the tracks I’ve mixed have Waves on them. Waves did an amazing job turning my personal processing chains into custom plug-ins.” 

The Collection includes:

Maserati VX1 Vocal Enhancer 
Maserati B72 Bass Phattener 
Maserati ACG Acoustic Guitar Designer 
Maserati GTi Guitar Toner 
Maserati DRM Drum Slammer 
Maserati HMX Harmonics Generator 

Each advertised with high status names, check the waves website for specifics.

Definately worth a look for all kinds of RnB, Hip/hop producers out there and any body else who wants to create a clean, powerful sound.

The Tony Maserati Collection RRPs at around $800 US, but im sure, just like anything else you can torrent the software for free… ooops, did I say that?

Fuzz.com Music Social Network Closing on Feb 13th

Independent music promotion and discovery site Fuzz.com is shutting down in mid-February due to “increasing operating costs and flat revenues”.  Sister site Blip.fm will remain open. A letter sent to users reads in part:

Dear Fuzz User:
Sadly, we are contacting you to announce that Fuzz.com is shutting down on February 13, 2009. Between now and then you may want to take the opportunity to post your forwarding information to fellow Fuzz users. It was with a heavy heart that we finally made the decision to turn off the lights,but because of increasing operating costs and flat revenues it simply no longer makes sense for us to keep Fuzz.com running. We offer our heartfelt thanks for being a part of it, and we’d like to give a special added thanks our avid, core users — true music fans who made Fuzz their home-base, and created a real sense of community.

Please note that once the site is shut down on February 13, 2009, the band and user accounts, and all other content on Fuzz.com, will no longer be accessible. For artists who have used the site to sell music, we plan to make a final payout within 60 days of the shut down.

Bleep.com Music Store Launches New Version

Bleep.com has relaunched and is now selling physical products alongside digital downloads. The new site can be seen here. The store was originally launched five years ago by UK independent label Warp, during which time it’s racked up more than 1.8 million downloads.

The store sells digital tracks from Warp, but also fellow indies Beggars Group, Domino, !K7, Planet Mu and Stones Throw – more than 300 in all. The new features include the additional physical catalogue, as well as a new embeddable music player, more editorial content, and a celebratory Best Of Bleep feature to celebrate the fifth anniversary.

The site still seems to have a very poor traffic rankings so Im not entirely too sure they are selling too much at all at the moment.

Nine Inch Nails Free Album Tops Amazon 2008 Mp3 Sales Chart

Amazon has release their MP3 Album Sales chart for 2008 and here are the results.

  1. Ghosts I-IV by Nine Inch Nails
  2. Viva La Vida by Coldplay
  3. Narrow Stairs by Death Cab For Cutie
  4. Juno – Music From The… by Various Artists
  5. 3 Doors Down by 3 Doors Down
  6. Vampire Weekend by Vampire Weekend
  7. Sleep Through The Static by Jack Johnson
  8. A Hundred Million Suns by Snow Patrol
  9. Modern Guilt by Beck
  10. Perfect Symmetry by Keane

iTunes To Expand DRM Free & Variable Pricing Model

Apple will soon announce that it is expanding iTunes DRM free offering to include all of the major labels and will add variable pricing accordingly. Songs will be priced in three tiers: 79 69 cents for older catalog, 99 cents for midline product and slightly higher for some new hit tracks. Depending on how much of iTune’s catalog is priced at 79 cents, Jobs may have bested Amazon and WalMart.com who have used price as part of their strategy to whittle away at Apple’s dominate 70%+ download market share.

Universal Music Lose Court Battle to Veoh

veoh logoOver the holidays Universal Music Group lost a major lawsuit to online video sharing site Veoh.  Much like the many lawsuits flying around between the major labels and music 2.0 companies that enable fans to upload content, Universal sought to make Veoh responsible for any copyright violations the fan may have incurred – like the time you added Dylan’s “Like A Rolling Stone” as a sondtrack to the home video of you throwing your kid brother down a flight of stairs.  Viacom and YouTube locked in a court similar battle that promises to be the the clash of the titans on this issue.